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Fantasy Baseball: Rookie Pitchers for 2014


Rookie pitchers are one of the hardest positions to project in fantasy baseball.  How will their stuff translate at the big league level and are they mature enough to make their rotation spot last are just a couple questions that come to mind.  Let’s take a look at 5 rookie pitchers from last year and their 2013 stats.

  • Jose Ferneandez-12-6  IP-172.2 ERA-2.19 WHIP-.98 K/BB 187/58-NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
  • Julio Teheran-14-8 IP-185.2 ERA-3.20 WHIP-1.17   K/BB-170/45
  • Hyun-Jin-Ryu 14-8 IP 192 ERA-3.00 WHIP- 1.20 K/BB 154/49
  • Shelby Miller- 15-9 IP 173.1 ERA-3.06 WHIP-1.21 K/BB 169/57
  • Gerritt Cole- 10-7 IP-117.1 ERA-3.22 WHIP-1.17 K/BB 100/28

Now, these pitchers were the cream of the crop in the 2013 MLB rookie class.  The numbers here show that rookie pitchers can produce.   These 5 studs put together an average stat line of 11-8, ERA 2.93, WHIP 1.15 and a K/BB ratio of 156/47.  Not too shabby for pitchers that average age is 23.   Can we expect the same great class of rookies in 2014?  Here are 5 rookie pitchers that will look to make an impact in the upcoming season.

Taijuan WalkerTaijaun Walker (SEA) – Expected to make rotation out of Spring Training.  Has the stuff to stick around if he can keep his walks down.  He walked over 4 per 9 IP in AAA in 2013.  He did make 3 starts for the Mariners at the end of the year,  walking only 4 in 15 IP.   His manager has compared him to a young Justin Verlander.  If he gets anywhere close to Verlander’s rookie season of 2006, it will be considered a success.  If all else fails, at least Mr. Walker has a shoulder to cry on(Girlfriend Angela Rypien).

Kevin Gausman (BAL) – Had a brief stint as a starter last year for the Orioles in May and June posting a line of 24.2 IP, 7.66 ERA, and a 1.62 WHIP.  Not stellar numbers I know, but he was brought back up to be a reliever and fared a little better with a  23 IP, 3.52 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.  He has the stuff that includes a 94-96 MPH fastball that can top out at 99 and a nice repertoire of slider and changeup.  No doubt he has the stuff, question will be, can he produce this year?  Want more Gausman?  Check out his weird superstitions here.

Jameson Taillon (PIT) – Look for the Pirates to treat Taillon just like Gerritt Cole in 2013, with kiddie gloves.  Apparently, Taillon understands this approach.   Taillon IS ready for the MLB this year and SHOULD be given chance but I expect call up in June.  He has the stuff, posting close to a 9 K rate in nearly 150 innings last year in the minors.    What’s more impressive is his walk rate, walking only 53 batters.  It may not be till June, but when his name is called, there will be no looking back for Taillon.

Yordano Ventura (KC) – Posted the fastest clocked pitch for a starter last year in MLB at 102.8(His MLB Debut).  There is nothing more to write!   Ok, I’ll write a little.  Ventura looks to break into the Royals rotation with his electric stuff.  His FB averaged 97.1 according to FANGRAPHS. Not bad for somebody listed at 5’11” 150lbs.  His size worries some as to whether or not he can handle the grind of starter throwing that hard as a starter.  The resigning of Bruce Chen limits his chances of making rotation out of Spring Training, but I don’t see the Royals holding him back much longer.   If he makes it, maybe he can get his own glove!

carlos martinezCarlos Martinez (STL) – Another prized arm from the arm factory in St. Louis.   Another young fireballer looking to make the rotation as he came up last season and produced out of the bullpen.  If St. Louis gives him a chance at the rotation, look for Martinez to dominate with his ridiculous fastball and hard breaking slider.  If he doesn’t start, Matinez will become one of best 8th inning pitchers in the game.  Must be nice to have the Cardinals problems.

If any one of these give you the stat line of 11-8, ERA 2.93, WHIP 1.15 and a K/BB ratio of 156/47, it will be a benefit to your fantasy team, especially drafting them late in the draft.   Depending on the type of league you’re in, will determine when they should be drafted.  If you’re in a dynasty league, they will come off the board sooner than redraft leagues, plan accordingly.

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About Scott McCloy

Scott considers himself a baseball addict, at least that is what is wife says. He has two children, a 6 yr old daughter, Addison and a 2 yr old son, Maddux. When not writing about fantasy baseball, Scott is a high school teacher and coaches high school football and baseball.

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